MFA in Dance Faculty and Guest Artists

Neil Baldwin Neil Baldwin, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Theatre & Dance
Director, The Creative Research Center
Danceaturgy, Dramaturgy, Theatre Criticism, Play Script Interpretation, The Entrepreneurial Imagination, Honors Program Seminars
Phone: 973-655-7340
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Neil Baldwin received his PhD in Modern American Poetry from SUNY/Buffalo. He is the critically-acclaimed author of biographies of William Carlos Williams, Man Ray, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford. For fifteen years prior to joining the faculty at Montclair State, he was founding executive director of The National Book Foundation, sponsor of the National Book Awards. As Professor of Theatre & Dance at MSU, he originated and teaches the undergraduate writing seminar, Danceaturgy: The Performer as Spectator; and is also the Director of The Creative Research Center. Dr. Baldwin is currently under contract with Alfred A. Knopf Publishers/Random House for his forthcoming biography, Martha Graham: When Dance Became Modern.

Lori Katterhenry   Lori Katterhenry, MFA
Deputy Chairperson, Dance
Professor; Coordinator, BFA Dance Program
Choreography, Repertory and Dance History
administration, Theta Alpha Phi
(973) 655-7080
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Lori Katterhenry received her BFA and MFA degrees in Dance from Florida State University and earned a CMA from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in New York City. She was the Program Coordinator for the Montclair State University Division of Dance since 1986 and has been the Deputy Chair for the Department of Theatre and Dance since 2008. She is also the Artistic Director for the MSU Repertory Dance Company. Her works have been selected for performance at numerous Regional American College Dance Festivals and at three National American College Dance Festivals in 1983, 1986 and 1990. Prof. Katterhenry has been a guest artist at Rice University, University of New Mexico, Theater on Podol in Kiev, and Theatre et Mouvement Festival in Montpellier, France. Her work Undone was selected for performance in the Humor Unplucked Festival in New York City in 1996. In June ‘97, she traveled to Australia with members of the MSU School of the Arts, MSU dance students and alumni for performances and cultural enrichment in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. She choreographed and performed in the Pro Danza Italia Summer Dance Festival in Castiglioncello, Italy in 1998 and 1999. Prof. Katterhenry was a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Schools of Dance from 2003-2009.

Elizabeth McPherson   Elizabeth McPherson, Ph.D.
Dance Education 
Associate Professor; Coordinator, BA Dance Education Program
Ballet, Dance Methods, Dance for Children, Dance History, Repertory
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Elizabeth McPherson is an associate professor and coordinator of the BA in Dance (with teaching concentrations) at Montclair State University. She received her BFA from Juilliard, followed by an MA from The City College of New York, and a PhD from New York University. Dr. McPherson is the author of The Bennington School of the Dance: A History in Writings and Interviews and The Contributions of Martha Hill to American Dance and Dance Education, 1900-1995, as well as a contributor of articles and reviews to Ballet ReviewDance Teacher MagazineAttitude: The Dancers’ Magazine and The Journal of Dance Education. She worked as a historical consultant on the film Miss Hill, Making Dance Matter and is the Executive Editor of the journal Dance Education in Practice, produced by the National Dance Education Organization. The focus of her research is teaching and learning in dance education with an emphasis on history. She has particular expertise in oral interviews, which make up significant portions of both of her books.

Dr. McPherson has staged numerous 20th century dance works from Labanotation and other sources. Recent projects include Antony Tudor’s Continuo and excerpts from Anna Sokolow’s Rooms. She is a board member of the Martha Hill Dance Fund (since 2005) and on the professional advisory committee of the Dance Notation Bureau. Performance credits include: Ernesta Corvino’s Dance Circle Company, Avodah Dance Ensemble, and the Louis Johnson Dance Theatre.

Kathleen Kelley Kathleen Kelley, MFA
Assistant Professor
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Kathleen Kelley is a choreographer, dancer, and dance filmmaker serves as an Assistant Professor of Dance and Technology at Montclair State University in NJ. Originally from North Carolina, she received her BFA from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was the co-artistic director of the NYC-based Labor Force Dances, and her choreography has been shown at venues in North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Massachusetts and New York, including the Center for Performance Research, the Tank NYC, the Brick Theatre, the John Ryan Theater, Triskelion Arts Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Chez Bushwick, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research Open Performance, and the Dance Complex in Boston. Her most recent work, "portlet", appeared as part of the Rutgers University's Momentum Technology Videos Festival and as a live performance at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn. As a performer, Kathleen has performed internationally with artists such as NYC choreographers Deganit Shemy and Mei Yin Ng.

Maxine Steinman  Maxine Steinman, MFA
Coordinator, BFA Dance Program
Assistant Professor
Modern Dance
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Maxine Steinman, a performer, teacher, and choreographer spanning over 25 years, has presented her choreography in numerous festivals and venues such as Joyce Soho, The 92ndStreet Y Harkness Dance Festival, the Westfest Dance Festival, the American Dance Guild Festival and DUMBO, as well as others. She has traveled around the globe to Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Japan, Italy, and Cyprus to teach, choreograph, and perform her work. Jack Anderson and Jennifer Dunning of the New York Times have called her choreography “ingenious” and a “jewel” and in 2009 and 2011, she was awarded grants from the O'Donnell-Green Foundation for Music and Dance. Over the past 17 years, Maxine has created works for colleges and conservatories in the US and abroad, creating and setting work on students from Montclair State University, Hofstra University, Marymount Manhattan College, the Ailey School, Institute del Teatre, Centro Andaluz de Danza, and University of Colima. Maxine was a soloist with the Eleo Pomare Dance Company for 12 years and has performed with Denishawn Repertory Dancers, Mafata Dance Company, Robin Becker, Regina Larkin, Sue Bernhard, Spiritdance, Danceimprints, and in the LINKs project with the José Limón Dance Company, among others. Maxine was the director of LINKS (Limón Initiative Nurturing Kids), for the Limón Foundation, and currently stages excerpts of A Choreographic Offering by Jose Limón for universities. Maxine holds a BFA in dance from Adelphi University, an MA in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College Columbia University, and an MFA in Dance/Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts (2012-13 Distinguished Graduate Student Fellow). Maxine is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Montclair State University, and serves as Program Coordinator of the BFA Dance Division.

Christian Von Howard  Christian von Howard, MFA
Associate Professor
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Christian von Howard is the Artistic Director of the VON HOWARD PROJECT, a contemporary dance company based out of New York City. As an international artist, he has worked with many dance artists such as Doug Varone, Fernando Bujones, Douglas Becker, Germaul Barnes, and has performed with numerous companies including Footprints Dance Company, Fred Benjamin Dance Company, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company and the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company to name a few. Christian is a NJ State Council of the Arts Choreographic Fellow (2006) and his choreography has been produced in various venues across the globe including Germany, Japan, Bulgaria, Colombia, Chile, South Korea and in the states at Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, the Ailey Citigroup Theater amongst others. His guest artist teaching/residencies include the American Dance Festival, Dance It! Festival (Bulgaria), Peridance Capezio Center, the Korean Dance Festival and many others. Christian is a 2013/2014 recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts where he was part of the teaching faculty in the Department of Dance & Choreography from 2008 to 2014. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Montclair State University and concurrently teaches at the Alvin Ailey School in NYC where he has been on faculty since 1998. Christian holds advanced degrees in Performance and Choreography from the School of Classical and Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University and from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

Guest Artists

Claire Porter

Claire Porter, choreographer/performer/writer, known for her comedic text & movement work and her skilled teaching, has performed her work, Claire Porter / PORTABLES, in Scotland, India, Germany, Holland, England, Latvia and Korea and in the New York City area at DTW, Danspace St. Mark’s Church, PS 122, Joe’s Pub, The Kitchen, The Joyce Theater, Joyce SOHO, 92nd St. Y, Town Hall, The Bottom Line, The NY Horticulture Society, NJPAC and Liberty Science Center. PORTABLES has also showcased at the American Dance Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy, Bates Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Florida Dance Festival, The Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theater DC, Tampa Bay Off Center Theater, Duncan Theater Palm Beach FL, Center Stage Raleigh NC, The Southern Theater Minneapolis MN and at The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard. Porter appears at fundraisers and special events and created and performed Namely, Muscles, recipient of the NYC Fringe Festival 2010’s Overall Excellence Award, at festivals, conferences, theaters, medical schools and universities. Intrigued by syntax Claire created Sen-tence performed at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater produced by DanceNow that included Falling for Prepositions, Witnessing Adverbs and Pronoun Emergency. At Montclair State University she created Sentenced to Sentences, at NYU, Having Conjunctions and at Purchase College, Out of The Question.

Porter is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Residency in Bellagio Italy 2016, a Guggenheim Fellowship 2013, several National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, New Jersey State Council for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Awards, NewMusicUSA Awards and Commissions from Dance Theater Workshop’s First Light Project, The 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Festival, Art Matters, Meet The Composer, VOGUE Magazine, University Dance Companies, and Domino’s Pizza Company. Porter has an MA in Dance from Ohio State, a BA in Mathematics from The College of New Rochelle, is on the Advisory Board of DanceNJ,, and is a Laban Movement Analyst, Claire is represented by Jodi Kaplan and Associates,

Eva Yaa Asantewaa

A 1974 graduate of Fordham University (Rose Hill), Eva Yaa Asantewaa has contributed writing on dance to print and online publications such as Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, SoHo Weekly News, Gay City NewsThe Dance Enthusiast and Time Out New York since 1976. Ms. Yaa Asantewaa writes on the arts, with dance as a specialty, for InfiniteBody, which she founded in 2007.

She served as a member of the New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards committee for three years and as a consultant or panelist for numerous arts funding or awards organizations including the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

With students from the annual Writing on Dance workshop series she taught for several years at New York Live Arts, she created Dancer's Turn, a blog devoted to longform profiles of dance artists.

As a WBAI radio broadcaster (1987-89), Ms. Yaa Asantewaa worked with the Women’s Radio Collective and the Gay and Lesbian Independent Broadcasters Collective (producers of OUTLOOKS) and co-hosted the Tuesday Afternoon Arts Magazine with Jennifer Bernet as well as producing her own specials. A native New Yorker of Afro-Caribbean heritage, she lives in the East Village.

Martha Eddy

Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT, EdD is a leader of the fields of Somatic Movement Education & Therapy & Dance Somatics, author and lecturer on eco-somatics, neuro-motor & socio-emotional development, & peace education (taught through the Dance Education Laboratory). She directs three certification programs, each that welcome dancers - Moving For Life Certified Instructor training, Certified Teacher of BodyMind Dancing, and the Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Therapy Training.  She has taught her somatic dance system of “BodyMind Dancing” internationally and regularly in downtown Manhattan. This February it will begin at the 92Y.

She directs the Center for Kinesthetic Education providing professional development and direct services in pre-K-12 movement and dance with a focus on engaging children with disabilities. She developed Moving For Life DanceExercise for Cancer Recovery in 1999 and incorporated Moving For Life, Inc (501c3) in 2014 expanding to serving all people in recovery, returning from injury, those with chronic illnesses and others who want to prevent illness. Moving For Life ( has been featured on NY1, CNN, Fox News, the Today Show and CBS News. 

She's teaches for Princeton, Montclair State University, St Mary's and University North Carolina Greensboro and has taught at Columbia University Teachers College, Hope & Hampshire Colleges. Her private clients as a Dynamic Embodiment Practitioner range from pre-natal to elders.

Penelope Hanstein

Penelope Hanstein, former Chair of the Department of Dance and Director of the School of the Arts at Texas Woman’s University, earned the Ph.D. in Art Education from The Ohio State University, the M.F.A. in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, and the B.A. in Dance from Arizona State University. Having spent the majority of her career as a dancer and choreographer, she teaches and writes from the perspective of the working artist. She is well known for her work exploring artistic processes, the nature of artmaking in dance, and the aesthetics of leadership and has presented her work in numerous national and international teaching and scholarly forums.

From 1986-1998, Dr. Hanstein was a Visiting Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, where she taught transdisciplinary courses as part of the summer faculty and in 1998 and 2011 she presented the Keynote Address at the annual meetings of the Korean Society for Dance in Seoul, South Korea, and in 2002 was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Japan Society of Dance Research. She is the co-editor/author of Researching Dance: Evolving Modes of Inquiry and has taught at several universities in Seoul, as well as Mukogawa Woman’s University in Japan. In 2013 and 2015 she taught workshops in theorizing artistic practices for the low-residential M.F.A. program at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and in 2014 taught online courses at Rutgers University. She is a Past-President of the Congress on Research in Dance, and during her tenure at TWU, was active in university governance, having served as Speaker of the Faculty Senate and participated in a wide range of university policy, strategic planning, and cross-disciplinary initiatives.

Drawing on her nearly 30 years of experience in doctoral education at TWU, in 2005 Dr. Hanstein designed the first Low-Residential Ph.D. in Dance program in the U.S. and the only program to focus specifically on theorizing artistic practice. Along with dance faculty colleagues, the Low-Residential Ph.D. curriculum was developed and implemented in June 2006. She served as a member of the National Association of Schools of Dance Commission on Accreditation from 2004 – 2012, chairing the Commission from 2009-2012, member of the NASD Board of Directors, and visiting evaluator for schools seeking national accreditation. She has served as a program review, curriculum, and assessment consultant for numerous college and university dance programs throughout the U.S. In April 2011 Dr. Hanstein was named the 2011 Cornaro Professor, the highest honor awarded to a Texas Woman’s University faculty member, and was granted emeritus status by the TWU Board of Regents. After nearly 40 years in higher education, Dr. Hanstein retired in August 2011 in order to pursue new creative opportunities, among them, continuing to serve as a higher education consultant and teaching a course in the aesthetics of artmaking as part of the new M.F.A. program at Montclair State University.

Mark Hardy MFA Dance

Mark Hardy is an Associate Professor at Montclair State and his international teaching has taken him to England, Greece, China, Romania, and Croatia. Other university teaching includes Virginia Commonwealth University, Northern Kentucky University, and Stephens College. Mark has recently directed professional productions of The Music Man, Fiddler On The Roof, and Hairspray for companies in the northeast. Mark received Cincinnati Acclaim and League of Theatres Awards for his direction of the plays Trouble in Mind and The Women. Recently, he has played leading roles in professional productions of South Pacific, The Chosen, The Baker’s Wife, and 42 Street. Mark appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables, Titanic, and Children and Art (Sondheim 75th birthday tribute). His national tour credits include Sunset Boulevard, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Les Miserables. Off-Broadway appearances include A New Brain at Lincoln Center, Juba at the Vineyard, Helluva Town at Rainbow and Stars, and numerous appearances with Lyrics and Lyricists at the Kaufman Theatre at the 92 Street Y. At the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania, he played Quixote in Man of La Mancha in what was the country’s first professional presentation of an American musical. Mark has been a proud Actors’ Equity union member since 1985.

Sara Hook’s diverse performing career includes dancing with Martha Graham luminaries Pearl Lang and Jean Erdman, touring the world as a member of Nikolais Dance Theatre (and later Nikolais Louis Dance) and being a frequent guest artist/ collaborator with David Parker and the Bang Group. Her choreography has been produced in numerous New York City venues including Dance Theater Workshop (now NYLA), Danspace, Symphony Space, DanceNowNYC DanceMopolitan Series at Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place and numerous others. Her work has also been produced in at least 20 American states, and in the Netherlands, Canada, Italy, Ecuador, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Recent creative research includes collaborating with former Bill T. Jones dancer Paul Matteson on a work entitled Bored House Guests, an evening-length duet which premiered at the West End Theater in New York City. Currently she is touring with a project entitled Dancing on the Ceiling, a concert of solos by mature women. Hook is also collaborating with choreographer Elizabeth Johnson and dramaturge Betsy Brandt on a series of works looking at female iconography in Dance and Art History.

Hook holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, has an MFA from New York University, and is a certified movement analyst from the Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. She has toured widely as a guest artist and has taught at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Princeton University, Paul Taylor Dance Company Summer Intensives, and the Bates Dance Festival. She has adjudicated numerous American College Dance Association Conferences and is also proud to have been a founding member of The Pink Ribbons Project- Dancers in Motion against Breast Cancer. Currently Hook is Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign where she teaches Creative and Physical Practice. For over two decades she has been developing a unique point of view on technique pedagogy, blurring the duality between functional and expressive movement and synthesizing principles from Classical Modern Dance and Somatic training.

Hook's aim (in all her roles) is to contribute to the art of dance by being a good role model/ citizen, to create opportunities for other dance artists, and to make work that both honors our artistic forebears and enlivens our experience of contemporary culture.

Alexandra Beller

Alexandra Beller is the Artistic Director of Alexandra Beller/Dances, established in 2002. As a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1995-2001, she performed in over 50 countries and throughout the U.S. Alexandra’s choreography has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, 92nd St. Y, Aaron Davis Hall, Danspace Project at St. Mark's, Abron’s Art Center, Joyce SoHo, P.S. 122, HERE, Symphony Space, Jacob’s Pillow, and has been commissioned by numerous companies. Alexandra Beller/Dances has toured to the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Bytom Festival in Poland and throughout the US .She was a visiting artist at APA, CCDC, and DanceArt in Hong Kong, D-Dance Festival in Korea, Den Nordsk Balletthoskole in Oslo, Henny Jurriens Stichting in Amsterdam, and Cyprus Summer Festival in Nicosia. Film work includes “Romance and Cigarettes” by John Turturro. Recent projects include the premiere of her evening length work, “other stories” at ICA in Boston and residencies at The University of Iowa, University of Nebraska (Lincoln), LIU, and Oakland University. Her new evening length work, “milkdreams,” (world premiere at La MaMa, NYC in June 2015) has been the subject of two international documentaries. Alexandra works for theatre, film, and video, as both Movement Coach and Choreographer. She has Choreographed for Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company (“Two Gentlemen of Verona”), Bedlam Theatre (for the critically acclaimed “Sense and Sensibility”) and worked with Taylor Mac, Soomi Kim, Theatre Askew and others. Alexandra received her CMA in Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals in 2015. She also holds an MFA from University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (2006). Alexandra is also the mother of two fabulous boys, knits children’s hats upon request, and loves life in Brooklyn, NY.